ISIS burning books at Iraq libraries and loading artifacts onto refrigerated trucks at night, residents say

January 31, 2015 6:51 PM

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ISIS burning books at Iraq libraries and loading artifacts onto refrigerated trucks at night, residents say

BAGHDAD — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.

Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only I...

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